You can find tile all around the world, utilized in many different ways. We adorn our homes with it, we find creative expression in it, we live our lives around it. Porcelain tile is so versatile in its design, shape and texture … the limits are truly endless in the world of tile. Luxurious, durable and timeless, porcelain tile is the perfect flooring option for any home.
What Is Porcelain Tile?
To put it simply, porcelain tile a very durable, water and scratch resistant form of tile. It’s made from naturally occurring ingredients including finer porcelain clay, comprising kaolinitic minerals, feldspar and quartz. In order for a tile to be considered porcelain it must meet some highly regulated and controlled criteria, the most important one being water absorption. Porcelain tile must have less than or equal to 0.5% moisture absorption. Due to technology and machinery advancements, we can create tiles in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs to suite your needs and desires.
Why Use Porcelain Tile?
There are many reasons to choose impervious porcelain tile over other floor coverings. With a wide array of design options and an unmatched durability, porcelain tile is the least expensive option over the lifetime of a building.
Impervious to water
Resistant to germs, bacteria and mold
Easy to maintain
What are the Differences Between Porcelain and Ceramic Tile?
Porcelain and ceramic tile are apart of the same family of tile, but there are key differences between the two. The biggest difference between the two is the porosity. Porcelain tile is non-porous and therefore has a low water absorption rate, compared to ceramic. Because of it’s extremely low porosity levels, porcelain tile is also very dense and durable compared to ceramic. Additionally, porcelain tile is rated for indoor/outdoor, floor/wall, residential/commercial and wet/dry installation, whereas ceramic may not be.
Where Can I Use Porcelain Tile?
You can install porcelain in a variety of areas in your home or business. Many porcelain tiles are rated for:
Floors, entryways, corridors
Walls, backsplash areas
Other horizontal, vertical or curved surfaces
Residential, commercial buildings
We recommend looking at the specifications of the tile you have chosen. There you’ll find the recommended surfaces to install your porcelain tile on.